9 Native American News Sites to Celebrate in November (and Beyond)
From time to time, an industry or subject inspires us to create a best-of list. In case you’ve missed some of these, you can find them here. This month, we’re recognizing Native American news sites that produce out-of-this-world coverage. If you think your site should be considered, give us a holler and tell us why @BeyondBylines.
The U.S. enters this November, the month set aside to celebrate Native American culture and history, at a historic time. Last month President Biden issued a proclamation recognizing Indigenous People’s Day. Observance of the holiday has been gaining momentum with official recognition in several states, and now for the first time, it has federal acknowledgment as well. While Columbus Day received its own separate proclamation, it was tempered by an acknowledgment of the atrocities indigenous people suffered at the hands of European colonists.
At the same time, the Biden administration announced the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument, a site with deep meaning for the native people of southern Utah and surrounding areas. It is on the backs of these positive developments that we prepare to honor all the contributions that Native Americans have made to the arts, culture, science, and many other endeavors in our society.
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month and the richness of the culture of indigenous communities in the U.S., we bring you nine sites, in no particular order, to keep you up to date on all the stories from Indian Country.
Indian Country Today continues to be a leading voice in Native American news, describing itself as “an independent nonprofit, multimedia news enterprise.” Offering coverage of indigenous people throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Indian Country Today site collects news from tribal sources, the AP, and its own newsroom in Phoenix as well as its Washington, D.C., and Alaska bureaus.
ICT provides broad coverage of news, politics, arts and culture, lifestyle, and opinion. ICT also has a newscast seen on public television stations throughout the Southwest and Midwest each weekday.
Stories to read right now: Zuni culture celebrated from one artist to another and Director Sterlin Harjo talks ‘Reservation Dogs’
New Mexico teachers already face a challenge explaining the region’s history and its evolving social structures. The state is a patchwork of 23 federally recognized Native American nations https://t.co/4X2s7VTlny
— Indian Country Today (@IndianCountry) November 9, 2021
Native America Calling, the “national electronic talking circle,” is heard on numerous radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Originating from Albuquerque, NM, the call-in show covers a variety of subjects including news, politics, current events, arts and culture, lifestyle, and other topics of broad interest from a Native American perspective.
Story to listen to right now: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – The shame of the Braves
In 1 hr: Pope Francis' visit to Canada. What does this step toward healing and reconciliation mean? What expectations are there from Indigenous Canadians? https://t.co/XxGMTBqtdO pic.twitter.com/BKZm7HDwIc
— nativeamericacalling (@180099native) November 4, 2021
The goal of Native News Online is to publish stories that are important to Native Americans but are frequently overlooked by general-interest outlets. It has robust coverage of news, current events, and politics, including a weekly news digest that summarizes top stories.
The site also offers opinion pieces from around Indian Country.
Stories to read right now: Native News Weekly (11/07/2021): DC Briefs and $15 Billion for Tribes in Infrastructure Bill a Threshold Moment.
Native-Owned Renewable Energy Companies to Receive more than $6.5 Million from Department of Energy | Environment https://t.co/ojvZedzbUc
— Native News Online (@nativenews_net) November 9, 2021
Underscore is an independent, Oregon-based outlet that “aim[s] to produce impactful, revelatory stories that might otherwise go unreported and unheard, with a special focus on Indian Country and other marginalized coverage areas.” The emphasis is on stories from the Pacific Northwest alongside other items of interest from across all of Native America.
Stories to read right now: It’s not easy to cover Indian Country. Here’s why you must. and National Park Service Nominee Faces Questions in Senate Hearing
City leaders in Oregon are partnering with nonprofits and tribes to promote #firstfoods, which may hold clues to #climatechange resilience while connecting urban Native Americans to important ancestral knowledge and practices. https://t.co/hAWU8qtUzH
— Underscore.news (@Underscorenews) November 4, 2021
Tribal Business News is a sister publication of Native News Online. It focuses on business and industry, particularly development, energy, agriculture, gaming, entrepreneurship, and sovereignty. The site describes itself as “a comprehensive 24/7 tool for tribes, tribal entities, policymakers and anyone doing business in Indian Country.”
Stories to read right now: Biden initiative addresses systemic challenges in Native educational system, focuses on workforce development opportunities; and NEWS ANALYSIS: Recent deals involving Tesla, Amazon demonstrate the business potential in flexing tribal sovereignty.
NextEra Energy Inc. has partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center to launch the NextEra Energy Scholarship Program, aimed at helping Native students who are pursuing careers in energy and STEM subjects. @TeamAIGC @nexteraenergyhttps://t.co/984O14fBaB
— TribalBiz (@tribalbiz) November 6, 2021
Native Business is focused on business, entrepreneurship, wealth building, and economics. As the site itself says, “Native Business is forward-thinking. We spotlight innovation in business, inspiring change agents and sparking creativity throughout Indian Country.”
The site offers broad coverage of Native American leaders across all sectors of business and economic activity.
Story to read right now: Indigenous-Developed Simulation Space Planned for WSU Spokane with Bank of America Grant
Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians Rewards Essential Employees with “Hero Pay” for Dedication During Covid Pandemic https://t.co/TlNjClWEUd
— Native Business Magazine (@nativebizmag) September 22, 2021
High Country News is a well-organized, visually appealing online publication and print magazine focusing on the Western U.S. The site has particularly robust coverage of environmental news, and their Indigenous Affairs section highlights Native American stories within those two contexts.
Indigenous films and TV are starting to hit the screen more frequently, resulting in a need for Indigenous critics to lead the conversation: https://t.co/wsl3z8R7J1
— High Country News (@highcountrynews) November 8, 2021
Indianz.com focuses on current events and politics from around Native America. The site aggregates stories from tribal outlets and national sources and mixes in opinion and its own reporting. During the COVID-19 pandemic, coverage of healthcare and the effects of the virus on Indian Country have been particularly robust.
Story to read right now: Indian Country bills set for passage in U.S. House of Representatives
"We all have to do our part to push back": Navajo Nation #COVID19 cases reach 37,455 on November 8, 2021, as tribe reports 56 communities with "uncontrolled spread" of #Coronavirus on largest reservation. @NNPrezNez @NNVP_Lizer #Arizona #NewMexico #Utah https://t.co/yjtLQnasXF
— indianz.com (@indianz) November 9, 2021
National Native News is a five-minute public-radio-style news brief recapping top stories of each weekday. The site also highlights occasional feature stories. The show debuted in 1987 and can be heard on radio stations in more than 30 states and in British Columbia.
Story to listen to right now: Friday, November 5, 2021
Parents of murdered indigenous women from #WindRiver, #Wyoming reflect on why their children's cases haven't received national headlines, in this latest edition of National Native News with Antonia Gonzales. #MMIW https://t.co/MrxMwwf3t0 pic.twitter.com/NRG4dQFbAA
— National Native News (@NNNnativenews) October 20, 2021
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Nicole Howard is a product manager at Cision, as well as an editor and freelance writer. When not working or reading, she enjoys word puzzles and the outdoors.